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The Black Mountains, Free Province of

by micky

Area:
3528 sq miles

Population:
5,460

Ethnic Groups:
Averoignans 40%, Aalbanese 35%, Flaem 15%, Thyatian 8%, Sindhi 2%

Villages:
Tranzault (367): is a commercial village and seat of the Free Province on the Verdun River between the Black Mountains and Great Plateau some 24 miles to the northwest of Loupmont in the Principality of Morlay-Malinbois.
Hirsberg (284): is a small village rising near the Iron Mines of Graez. Populated by pure-Hattian families only.
Falkenberg-Habichthügel (194): a trading community located near Adlerturm’s border.
Eisental (167): located in the same valley of Hirsberg.
Très (140): located in the mountains northwest of Ritterburg
Knutval (124): located deep in the Northern Mountains, it’s home to the rebels.

Government:
Propraetor appointed by the Council of Princes, in charge for seven years. Seat in Tranzault.

Ruler:
Propraetor Chiara Ulleri (born 961, M6, Al L) Appointed in AC1010

House:
Not aligned to any house but tied by marriage to House Haaskinz. Tied by disease and friendship to House Marais

Territory:
The Black Mountain Free Province (BMFP) is bordered by the Western Wendarian Free Province and Barony of Leadyl to the north. It sets between the Principality of Aalban and Adri Varna Peninsula and is bordered on the south by the Princapality of Morlay-Malinbois.

Food:
Sufficient

Trails:
A fair trail connects Eisental to Hirsberg and a good one goes on to the Iron Mines and Graez. A bad trail connects Eisental with Habichthügel-Falkenberg, and a poor one connects these with Western Graustrail in the Barony of Adlerturm. A bad trails crosses the southern neck of the FP, connecting the Principalities of Morlay-Malinbois and Aalban. To the west the Great Wendarian caravan trail, which Tranzault sits upon, winds north in the valley between the Black Mountains and the Great Plateau. A fair trail leads to Loupmont from Tranzault.

Economics:
The BMFP is the among the smallest of the Free Provinces having lost a great deal of territory to the new Principality of Morlay-Malinbois and the new Baronies of Brulefer and Leadyl which were all created in AC 1005. Due to the proximity to rural centers (such as the Principality of Aalban, Morlay-Malinbois and the Barony of Adlerturm) it has a relative high density of population and the relative high number of small villages.

The population is self-sufficient and produces enough food to be stored for bad times to come, or to be brought to Graez’s or Loupmont’s market during spring and summer. Iron and Obsidian mines provides a good mineral income from the Province and give it’s people good steady employment.

Notable Sites:
Tranzault is a new village formed in the last decade to help facilitate trade with Wendar and new dominions to the north. Caravans supply for the long lonely journey through the far western regions of Glantri. The village has a sizeable Sindhi population that has recently emigrated from the troubled northern regions of Sind. They keep to themselves for the most part, with the notable exception of a powerful wizard who led their journey east. He has a manor just outside the town and has become … close…with the Propraetor.

Knutval is a small village in the mountains near the source of the river. Inhabitants coming from the Baronies of Uigmuir and Adlerturm founded this village around 955 AC, during their Baronial Curse. It’s home to a small group of rebels that could be considered as part of the FFF or of the FoC, but they are too isolated from the civilised lands to contact any of these groups. Their main goal is to fight the Magocracy but in reality, they have proved to be quite harmless, until now. Nonetheless, they were suspected of the sabotage of Graez Iron Mines and of Der Alte Bridge few years ago. Therefore, Aalban Armed Militia is hunting them.

Très is in reality a Manor and the surrounding small community. Monsieur Bernard Estrelle du Très, feared by the local populace rules the lands. It is told he has been polymorphed into a monster after having strangled to death his bride for jealousy, but nobody has seen him since then. He always pays the taxes to the Magistrate of the Council and he has built a great Temple of Rad: why on Mystara such a man should be suspected for something? Bernard (born 958, Mage 16, WereWolf 6, Al C/CN) contracted lycanthropy from a Wolf who attacked him during the first night after he had married. He killed the lycanthrope only to discover it was his wife. Enraged he panicked and slaughtered his Personal Guard, which had come in his help, and all the servants in the Manor. Then, he wished them all back to life, partially succeeding: they must spend half of their life polimorphed into common household objects. Bernard has isolated himself since then. In order of ending his curse, he must succeed in making a Priestess of Valerias fall in love with him.

Notable People:
Chiara Ulleri is the older sister of Asadel Haaskinz (formerly Asadel Ulleri) the wife of the Prince of Sablestone Harald Haaskinz. Chiara entered the Glantrian Bureaucracy after passing the entrance exam and being valued for her linguistic expertise. She speaks 3 languages fluently (Thyatian, Averoignian, Elf) and 3 others proficiently (Alphatian, Sindhi, and Belcadiz). She has served in various positions all over Glantri and finally made the summit of her field when she was selected as the Propraetor of The Silver Sierra Free Province in 1003. After served a 7 year stint there she was assigned to the BMFP. Within the Glantrian Bureaucracy she is considered a competent leader and administrator who knows how to handle difficult assignments. In the minds of the Princes of the Council she is considered one of the prime candidates to step up into the top 3 administrative assignments in the Free Territories branch of the government. It is expected that the Propraetor of the Nyra Free Province is going to retire when his term is completed, and many think Chiara will be chosen to lead that vital and challenging Province.

Chiara is related by marriage to Prince Harald and though never close to him she had been appreciative of his support since he became a member of Council. However Chiara is close to her sister and now harbors a hatred toward the Prince for Asadel’s obvious unhappiness and despondent nature. She would not hesitate if the opportunity presented itself to somehow get back at Harald for the pain he has caused Chiara’s sister.

A chance encounter on a hunting trip near the border of Morlay-Malinbois in AC 1010 has opened new doors for Chiara. She was attacked by a werewolf and infected with Lycanthropy. Word of the attack reached Prince Malachie who has taken Chiara under his wing and showed her all the doors the ‘disease’ has opened for her. After a period of adjustment to her new condition Chiara has come to love her secret life and now counts Prince Malachie as a friend, and supporter.

Chiara has never had much time for a personal life but in between social visits, in the guise of professional visits, she has met and became quite friendly not only with Prince Malachie but his charming sister Suzanne. Perhaps the most important bright spot in her life has been meeting a wizard, Bitupon Bujarbarua (born in AC 958 M23 Al-Lawful), who has recently settled in Tranzault from the nation of Sind. Chiara has fallen in love with the tall, handsome, and powerful Sindhi wizard. When work does not keep her out of Tranzault she spends all her free time with Bitupon.

Useful Links:
The Western Free Province by Thibault Sarlat, Giovanni Porpora, and Agathokles.
PC4 Night Howlers by Ann Dupuis
Asadel Haaskinz by Jennifer Guerra